Marquese Chriss gave Washington fans and Husky coach Lorenzo Romar and assistant T.J. Otzelberger,who were seated along the baseline, a glimpse of what they might see when he joins UW next year.
The 6-9 forward from Elk Grove, Calif., who stars for AAU team Dream Vision, flushed seven dunks during Day 3 last week at the Under Armour Finals in Suwanee, Georgia.
Chriss finished with 23 points and four rebounds against two four-star 2016 big men Juwan Durham and Dewan Huell, according to The Intentional Foul.
It’s just one highlight video, but Chriss looked very comfortable beneath the basket. Five of the dunks were in traffic and the last two were pretty special.
During one sequence (0:35-second mark), he eluded a defender in the corner with a spin move, ran into another defender in the paint who knocked the ball loose and recovered the ball before flushing a two-handed jam.
Chriss saved his best for last (0:43-second mark). During a fast break, he caught the ball near the three-point line and attacked the rim. Chriss eluded spun around a defender and rose over two players to flush another two-handed dunk. That’s big time.
Rivals.com ranks Chriss 44th on its top 150 list.
It’s a little old, but here’s a first-person account Chriss wrote before the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp in June. He was one of 24 players invited to the tryout, but did not make the 12-man team.
Chriss talked about why he verbally committed to Washington and his desires to become an engineer if he doesn’t pursue a basketball career.
— NBA Summer League wrapped up this weekend in Las Vegas and several former Washington standouts, including Justin Holiday who is trying to catch on with the Golden State Warriors. He averaged 14.8 points in five games.
— Here’s a look at the NBA Summer League stats. Former UW standout Scott Suggs averaged 7.8 points with the Miami Heat, while Abdul Gaddy averaged 5.2 points and 3.2 assists with the New Orleans Pelicans. Jon Brockman averaged 4.4 points and 6.2 rebounds and Aziz N’Diaye 2.0 points and 2.7 rebounds with the Los Angeles Clippers. Matthew Bryan-Amaning averaged 4.0 minutes and 0.5 rebounds during four games with the Portland Trail Blazers, but failed to score a point. Former UW star C.J. Wilcox, who was taken at No. 28 by the Los Angeles Clippers in last month’s NBA draft, did not play in the summer league due to a shoulder injury.
— ESPN takes a look at under-the-radar sophomores and includes Colorado’s Tre’Shaun Fletcher, the former standout at Tacoma’s Lincoln High, and Arizona’s Elliott Pitts.
— Speaking of Fletcher, he remained in Boulder, Colo. this summer to rehab after suffering a knee injury Jan. 12 at Washington. He’ll play in the Athletes in Action Tour that leaves for Estonia and Latvia on August 6. He told the Daily Camera: “I feel like I can have a good year this year if I keep my shot consistent and play defense and rebound.”
— Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle’s three assistants will make a combined $535,000 in salary, which is an increase from the previous coaching staff. However, Tinkle will earn $800,000 next season, which is less than former Beavers coach Craig Robinson’s $930,000 salary in 2014-15.
— Former Oregon State star Roberto Nelson is searching for consistency and a NBA team.
— Former Oregon standout Luke Ridnour will reportedly play for the Orlando Magic after agreeing to a two-year, $5.5 million deal.
— Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said changes are coming in the NCAA and fans aren’t going to like it.